Eagle Rock Patch is Two Years Old

We celebrate our second birthday with a look at our relationship with readers—and our shared stake in Eagle Rock.

Two is the first prime number in mathematics, not to mention a “magic number” in physics. The number signifies a certain coming of age—and that’s how Eagle Rock Patch feels on its second anniversary today, Saturday.

We celebrated our first anniversary last year with this observation:

What’s truly astonishing about this milestone is how far we’ve come in terms of increasing our readership as well as developing a shared relationship as residents and stakeholders in Eagle Rock.

The term “stakeholders” has of course taken on a whole new meaning in Eagle Rock since scores, if not hundreds, of “outsiders” voted in last month’s elections to the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council.

Politics aside, Eagle Rock Patch’s relationship with its readers has been truly remarkable. In October, for example, the number of readers’ comments on the site totaled 4,551—more than a ten-fold increase over a year ago.

Whether the issue is medical marijuana, a controversy at Eagle Rock High School, or a new pizzeria, it’s clear that Eagle Rockers are passionate about what happens in their neighborhood.

And it’s that daily engagement—not just in the form of comments but as blogs, news tips and announcements about local events—that’s the lifeblood of this site.

A birthday is incomplete without a wish, so here’s one as we enter the third year of our mutual growth: Keep sending in those comments, critiques and ideas for improving Eagle Rock. It’s the only way for us to determine whether we’re living up to our promise.

Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Congrats Ajay. You do a great job. Eagle Rock is blessed! AR
Ajay Singh (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Aw, Anthea—thanks, you're too kind.
John November 03, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Congratulations Ajay. Patch has established itself as a local advocate and forum for Eagle Rock in two years. An amazing accomplishment! Patch started me reading newspapers on my phone, and sharing my opinions with anyone who cares to read them. Good luck bringing the news to everyone with a smart phone, and thanks.
bbkong November 03, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Hippy Burt Day Ajay! You're doing a fine job! Have a chocolate muffin on me.
Ajay Singh (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Many thanks, John and BubaKong. Funny how these otherwise *online* greetings seem so real.
Stephan Early November 03, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Congratulations AJ the success of Patch is directly attributable to your hard work and charm. Keep up the great muckraking and rabble rousing you do HL Mencken proud Stephan
Ajay Singh (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Thanks, Stephan The Charming. Are you sure, though, you want to wish me the fate that Menecken appears to have imagined for journalists—"a truth-seekers grave upon some lonely ash-dump and a soul roasting in hell"?
carol van beek November 03, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Happy Patch Birthday! Thank you for all your effort in keeping us on top of the events and issues in the neighborhood. Also, you deserve credit for keeping the comment section on track, which I'm guessing takes more effort than we know.
Kathy November 03, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Thanks Ajay.....you have a big task to take care of and you do it very well. The Patch keeps me posted on things I'd never know about otherwise.
Jeffrey Williams November 04, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Congrats, Ajay! Hope many more years are ahead for you!
Tim Ryder November 04, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Ajay, what took you so long - I've had my AOL account for over 20 years! I really like hearing my fellow Eagle Rockers' opinions on the current issues and for sure, 'local politics' will never be the same. Democracy will be much stronger due to the Patch keeping the Citizens educated and informed in our great community of Eagle Rock.
Esther Monk November 04, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Ajay, I've come to rely on your local news updates. Congrats on your 2nd anniversary.


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